How To Blend Chalk Pastels with Water

Chalk pastels are great art tools that could be used by just about anyone, whether you have little or a lot of experience with art. Not to be confused with oil pastels, chalk pastels are more workable in the sense that they easily mix with water. This gives you a good way to blend colors or even create new colors.

Here’s how you blend chalk pastels with water:

  1. The first consideration that you have to think about is which brand of chalk pastels you are going to work with. It’s going to be hard to create a good looking art piece if you’re using substandard products. The whole beauty of using chalk pastels is that you can easily mix and merge colors. If the product you bought doesn’t do a good job in that department, your efforts to make a good drawing will just be a waste.
  2. One of the best techniques that you can do with chalk pastels is to use water to blend in the colors. This would work best if you’re painting a picture of a body of water or a sunset view. The merging of colors would be an effect that would easily made by using a fine brush to blend the colors of the cascades and layers of colors that have already been placed on the paper. The effect of brushing is quite interesting. Without water, the brushing motion softens the edges of the image by removing the top layer of the  color layer. With water, it dissolves the color particles into melding and just streaming over the other colors in the succeeding and preceding layers. The use of streaks as brush strokes would absolutely work well in this setup.
  3. If you use enough brush strokes and play with the movement of the brush enough, you can even get an effect that is very similar to water color. This is quite a feat since using water color is very hard. With chalk pastel, you’re at least given a little bit of leeway to correct mistakes.
  4. One other neat way of blending can be done by first dampening the brush then brushing it unto a stick of chalk pastel that you want to merge with a color that is already on paper. This dissolves the dust that sticks to the brush as well as the top layer of the chalk pastel on paper. This makes the transition from color to color a lot smoother.

It can be quite a challenge, but with enough practice and many bars and blocks of chalk pastel, it should be a more than easy and fun journey towards getting your artistic expression on paper as close to perfect as you want it to be. Keep scouting for better brands and save up for the top of the line pastels. Try showing your works to fellow artists so that they could give you pointers and other techniques on how to improve your art.


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